Mission BeachAustralia

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Trip time! Discover the beaches, island views, and jungle in secluded Mission Beach.

The laid-back townships that are dotted along Mission Beach provide an idyllic access point to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Explore miles of sandy beach fringed by swaying palms and evergreen forest or relax into the local lifestyle of the peaceful seaside villages, which are spread out along the thin strip hemmed in by the hills and the ocean.

Stroll along Mission Beach’s 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) of soft sands and take in views of exposed reef at low tide and the distant Family Islands. Swim, snorkel or scuba dive around the beach and its offshore coral reefs or go kayaking along the shoreline. Catch a ferry or join a charter cruise to Dunk, Bedarra and Hinchinbrook islands, which are dotted with resorts, wilderness retreats and scenic picnic spots. Further out into the cobalt-coloured waters, you can reach the mesmerising and vivid seascape of the Great Barrier Reef.

Inland of Mission Beach, explore the pristine rainforests of the Wet Tropics. Hike through the ancient tropical greenery and try to spot a cassowary darting along the forest floor. The treetops are alive with diverse bird species and you can listen for the call of the riflebird, shrike-thrush, fruit dove and stone curlew. Those who seek more extreme adventures can skydive onto nearby beaches or go on a white-water rafting trip at Tully Gorge.

Visit the different Mission Beach villages to enjoy each town’s charms. Bingil Bay and South Mission Beach have stunning views across the Family Islands, while Wongaling Beach and Mission Beach Village are known for having an exciting culinary scene and oceanfront bars. Local roads and the golden sands of Mission Beach connect the villages. The area is bordered to the north by Garners Beach and to the south by Hull Heads.

Reach Mission Beach in under 2-hours’ drive from Cairns and under 3-hours’ drive from Townsville. Both of these cities have major airports. Swim in safe and enclosed swimming areas patrolled by lifeguards nearby the beach’s main access points, especially during the stinger season between November and May. The Atherton Tablelands and diverse national parks are just a daytrip away.

Known for

Beaches, Islands and Relaxing

Top Hotels in Mission Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Mission Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Lot 4 Wongaling Beach Road, Mission Beach, QLD
$53/night
Sep 30 - Oct 1
4.1/5Very Good! (500 reviews)

This family-friendly Mission Beach resort is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Wongaling Beach and Mission Beach. Mission Beach Community Arts Centre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (500 reviews)

"The room is huge and the inventory is complete. Nice pools."…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Mission Beach Resort
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Mission Reef Resort
4 out of 5
58-62 Holland Street, Mission Beach, QLD
$56/night
Oct 8 - Oct 9
4.4/5Wonderful! (160 reviews)

Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wongaling Beach and Hull River National Park. Dunk Island Beach and Mission Beach are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (160 reviews)

"Friendly welcome, good location, clean rooms with all the basics Limited parking, first in first served Short walk to beach"…"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2019

Mission Reef Resort
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Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach
4 out of 5
2 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach, QLD
$108/night
Sep 17 - Sep 18
3.9/5Very Good! (566 reviews)

Located in Mission Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Beach and Mission Beach Community Arts Centre. Bingil ...

3.9/5Very Good! (566 reviews)

"Right on beach. Beautiful pools. Large bar and dining areas. Plenty of outside seating."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Castaways Resort & Spa Mission Beach

Top activities in Mission Beach

White Water Rafting - Tully River Full Day Tour - with Lunch
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White Water Rafting - Tully River Full Day Tour - with Lunch

$116

Feel your adrenaline pumping to the max as you go rafting on the thrilling Tully River. Cut through a breathtaking World Heritage-listed rainforest, enjoy an exciting team adventure, and uphold the highest safety standards to ensure an exhilarating experience.

Mission Beach Tandem Skydiving Experience
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Mission Beach Tandem Skydiving Experience

$218

Experience the thrill of a lifetime on this tandem skydiving adventure above the tropical landscape of Mission Beach. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you jump from a plane soaring at up to 15,000 feet (4,572 m), and safely touch back on ground on the golden sand of the beach.

Mission Beach to Dunk Island Return Transfer - Day Trip
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Mission Beach to Dunk Island Return Transfer - Day Trip

$27

Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi operates from Wongaling Beach and is a quick & easy way to get to Dunk Island in comfort in their custom designed 10 metre long vessel with seating for up 24 passengers.

Self-Drive to Paronella Park & Guided Walking Tour
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Self-Drive to Paronella Park & Guided Walking Tour

$32

Deep in the heart of the Australian rainforest, the ruins of a Spanish castillo (castle) and 12 acres (5 ha) of lovingly maintained grounds lie in wait. Devote an entire day to unlocking the secrets of Paronella Park with admission and a guided walking tour to see the grounds during the day or at night.

Self-Drive Experience to the Mamu Tropical Skywalk & Paronella Park
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Self-Drive Experience to the Mamu Tropical Skywalk & Paronella Park

$45

Drink in the dazzling beauty of the Australian rainforest with admission to the Mamu Tropical Skywalk and Paronella Park in a single day. Stroll through the forest canopy on a series of elevated walkways at the Mamu Tropical Skywalk, and unearth the secrets of a rainforest estate at Paronella Park.

Snapping Tours-Wildlife Cruise
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Snapping Tours-Wildlife Cruise

$27

Come on board Snapping Tours and experience the world heritage listed wet tropics. Our tours give you the opportunity to learn more about the history and biodiversity of the Innisfail area, together with spotting a variety of wildlife that call the Johnstone River home.

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